Values and Vision: ‘Aspiring to excellence’

The Cedars Academy is an 11 to 18 academy in Birstall that is committed to exacting high standards, raising attainment and demanding creative excellence from its staff and pupils. At the Cedars Academy we are driven to ensure pupil success is at the core of all our work. We provide a vibrant and engaging curriculum which promotes the love of learning, and prepares young people for the next steps in their lives.

We believe that through careful planning and delivering the very best teaching at every stage of their educational journey that pupils at The Cedars Academy will make outstanding progress. We will rigorously check all pupils are making progress in their learning and intervene decisively to remove any barriers to pupil achievement.

We know that by working hard and aspiring to excellence in all we do, pupils at The Cedars Academy will achieve the best possible outcomes and success. We are ambitious and aspirational for our staff and pupils; we believe passionately that every pupil will succeed and are committed to equality of opportunity.

Jason Smith
Head of Academy


  • Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

    22nd June 2017

    Congratulations to Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Participants On the weekend of 10th & 11th June, and last weekend, our Year 9 and 10 pupils successfully completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions; walking 15 or more miles with full rucksacks in temperatures of 30 degrees! Well Done to all of you! Mr Bonham

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  • Year 9 Brilliant club trip

    19th June 2017

    On the 15th of June our Year 9 Brilliant club pupils visited Warwick University. The purpose of the visit was to launch the programme and for the pupils to meet their PhD tutor Doctor Carol Beardmore . Dr Beardmore will be coming into The Cedars Academy on a weekly basis to have tutorials with the… Read more »

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  • Year 8 Mastery Masterclass

    16th June 2017

    Year 8 – Mastery Masterclass On Wednesday 7th June we held a masterclass workshop for our highest ability music pupils in Year 8. Under the expert tuition of our guitar teacher, Joe Wright, the pupils were put through their paces on music theory, learning parts for ensemble performance pieces and some composition work. This excellent… Read more »

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  • Year 8 Brilliant Club Trip

    7th June 2017

    On the 22nd of May our Year 8 Brilliant Club pupils visited Warwick University to attend their graduation ceremony from the Brilliant club. The pupils have had 6 tutorials with Dr Nina Jordan from Leicester University. Our pupils then completed a university style assignment on ‘The Anthropocene v deep time: a journey through earth’s climate… Read more »

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  • The Cedars Academy Easter Ski Trip

    8th May 2017

    The Cedars Academy Easter Ski Trip Easter 2017 saw 33 pupils and 4 staff from The Cedars Academy take to the slopes in Les Menuires, France for the inaugural Cedars Academy Easter Ski Trip. The 2am start from The Cedars Academy on Easter Saturday saw lots of bleary eyes but a smooth journey to the… Read more »

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  • New Mathematics Department

    3rd May 2017

    We are delighted to announce the opening of our newly refurbished Mathematics Department. After a massive effort by our Premises and ICT teams over the Easter break, the state of the art classrooms on the lower site have been opened to pupils. All classrooms have the latest HD touch screens and pupils have been excited… Read more »

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